Video Story for Children: Yaroslava’s Flowers

Take your child on a little online adventure!  My first children’s book, Yaroslava’s Flowers, has now been made into a short video with audio narration!  If you as a parent need a little break and want your child to be occupied in a positive, inspiring, and joyful way, or if you want to join in the fun as well, Yaroslava’s Flowers is now available on my blog website for you to enjoy in all its animated beauty and life!

This video is offered free to everyone, so please watch, give feedback, and most importantly SHARE it with your friends and family and other people or organizations who would like to support a Movement for more Positive and Beautiful Storytelling in our world, where the Spirit and Soul of our Life can be felt and expressed in all its Diversity and Beauty.  The world needs this now more than ever, so you can help in a small way by sharing this story with everyone you know on Facebook, Twitter, other social media, or any other way you wish (you can even tell me about your sharing if you wish!).

If you would like to contribute towards my work and art, then please consider buying a copy of the Yaroslava’s Flowers book, or simply make a donation if you wish.  I live as a full-time volunteer in Auroville, India, as shared in my About the Author page, so any contribution you provide, no matter how small, will be much appreciated!

Thank you for watching the video, reading the book, and participating with me in creating a more Beautiful World of Storytelling!  Watch for more story videos on my Youtube Channel (YogaStories for Children) in the future, including in other languages.  And remember to share your comments, and also any comments your children may have about the story!  

Wishing the World Peace, Light, and Beauty….Your Friend, Noel

Children’s Book Release: “Yaroslava’s Flowers”

Illustration by Pankhuri Singh

Illustration by Pankhuri Singh


Flowers hold a great spiritual Power and Truth….This is the essential message of my new children’s book, Yaroslava’s Flowers, which is now available for all children and all those with a Child Heart.  It is a story that inspires everyone to experience the spiritual magic of Flowers, Nature, and Life, and how we each have the power to transform the world around us, and Within us!

Yaroslava’s Flowers is a story for all children and anyone with a youthful Heart.  Yaroslava is a little girl who loves flowers so much that she can hear them speak to her.  When the Flower Spirit appears to her and gives her a bag of magic seeds, she embarks on a Journey of the Spirit to discover the healing and transforming power of flowers.  As Yaroslava brings YFBackcovernew life to the places and people around her, she also discovers more about herself – through the power of flowers!”

Children’s stories especially have such power to sow seeds of wisdom and light, beauty and love, into their lives.  This is what I have endeavored to do with my children’s story and all my other writing.  I hope you will give this beautiful little book the opportunity to inspire your children and the children in your life….even those who may have forgotten that they still have an Inner Child deep within them!

The book is now available to order HERE, where you can also see previews, so please share it with others in your life.  I will need YOUR help to share this book with others around the world, so please consider helping in the following ways:

  • Buy a copy of the book for you, your children, your friends or family, your local library or school, or just a special Child in your life who deserves a special book which shares the Magic and Spirit of flowers, nature, and humanity.
  • Share about this book on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/yaroslavasflowers), Twitter (@yogapoetry), Pinterest, or any other social media you are active on. You can also share my Blog Website: www.truthyoga.wordpress.com
  • Share with me the contact information for any local independent bookstores, alternative spiritual or metaphysical stores, flower shops or other artsy shops in your area, or talk with them directly about carrying the book.
  • Add a link on your blog/website to my book page at https://truthyoga.wordpress.com/books/yaroslavas-flowers/
  • Tell me of any local or online literary magazines or communities, online or real world, that might do a review of my book, or talk to anyone you know who works in these fields.
  • Do your own review of the book on my blog/website at: https://truthyoga.wordpress.com/books/yaroslavas-flowers/

I wish to thank the lovely illustrator, Pankhuri Singh SKMBT_C45114110720380_0008(www.awaraaart.wordpress.com), who created all the beautiful illustrations and imagery for the story, as well as the Designer of the book, Krupa Jhaveri (www.sankalpajourneys.com), who pieced together all the images and text to create the wonderful book that exists now.

Thank you very much for your wonderful support and I wish all of you and the children around the world lots of Love and Light and the Magical Beauty of Flowers…… A Friend to the Child Soul in All, Noel

pouring springtime

pouring springtime upon the mind’s eyes
a shadowless vision of a life yet to be
clouds and sun perceived as dancing soul-mates
as rainy days reveal blessings cloaked in wetness
and sunny gifts awaken in the revelations of light
they dance and perceive each others’ roles
moving as if upon some greater living Stage
which itself moves with some other hidden Agenda

rebirth awakens upon a new season’s time
upon a cycle of unimagined lifetimes
bearing witness to an undiscovered evolution
a fruitful revolution of one collective Soul
bound together in multiplying appearances
that never depart their original Womb
but awaken to summers of Infinity
a Blossoming Eternity of Unity’s Gaze
where autumn is but preparation’s phase
and the cries of winter holding Aspiration
as Hope for the embryo of Inspiration
where unending Grace thunders down upon the land
from heavens that shine in springtime’s hands
and Creation finds its true home in Spirit’s earthen doors
where God finds itself peaking through all matter’s eyes
to marvel in radiance at Its own Self-Majesty.

 

Poem: somewhere there is a place

somewhere there is a place
where the mind no longer understands
where all knowledge seems not the answer
where the mind acknowledges it does not know itself
where it sees clearly that it does not truly see
where a cry from some hidden place emerges to truly Know
and upon this cry its ceaseless movements fall upon a hush

somewhere there is a place
where desire’s emotions no longer fulfill
where feeling becomes something tasteless and worn
where its wild dueling energies seem a tired constant battle
where Life’s force for living feels suffocated and lost
where a deeper yearning cries from somewhere beneath
and upon this yearning its ceaseless movements calm

somewhere there is a place
where the body’s sensations seem to grow dull
where activities always seem at war with each other
where living becomes an eventual negotiation with death
where body’s cells feel as if imprisoned in a weary shell
where an unknown aspiration blazes from hidden depths
and upon this aspiration its ceaseless movements still

somewhere there is a place
where Knowledge is purest Light, endless Vision,
where Feeling is pure and serene, a struggle between Joy and Joy
where Effort is a harmony of endless embodied dreams
where Body is an organism of action fueled by Soul
where Humanity transforms and becomes the Freedom it seeks
where Heaven and Earth unite as the One Living God

somewhere there is a Place
somewhere there is Something Else
somewhere there is a vast Someone
somewhere …… where we dare to venture Beyond

thereissomeplace

The Healing Power of Flowers

Nature has always been the traveling partner of spiritual seekers along their

Name:  Spiritual Power of Healing

Name: Spiritual Power of Healing

journey towards enlightenment.  Throughout religious history, even the great Spiritual Masters found their Way with the help of Nature.  The Buddha is known to have attained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi Tree, while Jesus also went into the desert for forty days and forty nights where he found his own spiritual victory.  Today’s spiritual seekers are no less drawn towards Nature as a place to find inner peace and silence, as a retreat and refuge away from the constant activity and chaos of modern life.  One finds that the energy and Spirit of nature draws one deeper within oneself, or beyond oneself, and inspires one to be more receptive to the contemplation of Existence and the meaning of Life.  It allows us an opportunity to connect more intimately with our inner Self and with the Divine, with God.  There is an undeniable Divine Presence in Nature, which holds the power to awaken us not only to the beauty around us in the world and life, but also in ourselves.  This truth becomes even more evident and palpable when we gaze into the spiritual power and significance of flowers.

As someone who has worked closely with flowers in spiritually inspired gardens that vibrate with a mystical Force, I have experienced first-hand the power that flowers have to influence and change one’s inner nature.  Flowers are, in their very essence, concentrated Consciousness, as everything in life is.  All of life lives and breathes by this Divine Consciousness which animates everything.  It breathes just as much in nature and in the rock as in us humans, only in different ways.  And it breathes in flowers as well.  When we are able to understand the innate and inborn Connection between what we call God, the Divine, Spirit, and the very material, physical life of Nature that we have manifested from, then we can begin to see the unity between ourselves and Nature also.  We can begin to find a connection to the Divine in all of life, and especially in Nature and flowers.

Name:  Divine Smile

Name: Divine Smile

There lies within flowers a deep power for healing and transformation.  Their power is not merely a symbolic representation of a quality of life, not merely a tool to express what we feel inside us, but rather is an actual force of material Consciousness which is held within the vibration of their physical existence.  They vibrate an Essence which is pure and true to their existence, their own unique self-truth, which is inherently connected to a vaster Spiritual and Divine Truth, their Source and Being – which is our Source and Being as well.  The healing power of flowers lies not only in their scent or their oils or external beauty, all of which have been used for ages in aromatic and other healing therapies, but also in their very material vibration and spiritual consciousness. When we meditate and concentrate upon their nature, flowers can evoke within us the qualities of consciousness which they hold within them, and which lie deep within us as well, hidden from our own awareness by all the veils of false perceptions, ignorance, doubts, confusions, and all the other inner obstacles we confront within ourselves as we seek to know better who we truly are, where we come from, and where we are going.  When we allow ourselves the opportunity to truly BE with a flower, to meditate and concentrate with it, we can open ourselves to experiencing the truth which that flower is bringing into the Earth consciousness, including ourselves.  Our intention to open to the truth of the flower is like a bridge being built between ourselves, our consciousness, and the essence of the flower, the consciousness of the flower.  Our own Energy reaches out to the Energy of the flower, and receives what it has to offer us through the innate Unity that exists between us and Nature, and the Divine that dwells within All.

During the last century, a wise and enlightened being by the name of Mirra Alfassa,

Name:  Beauty of Attachment to the Divine

Name: Beauty of Attachment to the Divine

a French woman of Egyptian andTurkish descent, known lovingly as the Mother in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in India, identified the spiritual names of over 900 flowers during her life before she left her body in 1973.  She also envisioned and began the building of an international township called Auroville, which currently includes a central park area with many gardens whose sole purpose is to inspire and awaken the healing, transformation, and evolution of human Consciousness towards a more Divine Life.  As a gardener who worked in these gardens of Auroville, I have experienced directly the divine Grace that works through the diverse life of flowers.  I was previously in my life never interested in flowers, but as I worked more closely with the Earth and the beautiful flora and fauna around me, I realized what a blessing it is to know and experience the significance of these flowers, and to understand their power to aid our personal healing and spiritual transformation.  I recently visited one of my favorite trees, the Champaca, which has an extremely aromatic flower.  The spiritual significance of this particular type of Champaca flower is Divine Smile.  And, indeed, when one takes in the strong aroma of this delicate flower one can sense and feel the energy change within oneself and evoke a definite smile into one’s being, even into the body’s cells.  One may not think that a smile might be healing, but they truly are, and the power of a Divine Smile, a profoundly powerful smile which radiates throughout all of existence, behind everything and everyone in every moment, is a powerful truth which can be experienced in our own conscious depths.  It is transformational to realize this within oneself, and a flower holds a great opportunity for us to grow in the experience of this. 

There are so many flowers which can help one to connect with a greater sense of oneself and healing.  They are powerful tools to explore and experiment with, to discover more about one’s own inner nature and even unlock secret qualities of life that one might not have experienced about oneself before.  For those who wish for more direct healing power, perhaps the Petrea shrub, also known as Spiritual Power of Healing, might be of interest.  Or, if one has some sweet basil in one’ garden, then one could take the moment to connect with this flower’s Joy of Union With the Divine.  As we seek healing, however, we must remember that the healing power of flowers is not only limited to healing our bodies of illness or disease, but also healing on all the planes of our being – mental, emotional/vital, physical, cellular, spiritual and beyond.  It is our openness and willingness to experiment and explore the nature of flowers which will ultimately give us our own living experience of their power of healing, and even more importantly, of our own healing powers.

For more information on the Spiritual Significance of Flowers, please see the website http://www.blossomlikeaflower.com.

Name:  Victorious Love

Name: Victorious Love